Molonglo 3 East has been give an optimistic timeline for completion by 2041. The future is wildly uncertain. Projects run routinely longer than planned. This is generally true but certainly true for the ACT Government. We have good intent, but building things is complicated. Environmental approvals can add years to the process and are unpredictable. Recent information on the environmental approval process for the Deep Creek Pond in Whitlam sheds light on this.
The topography of Molonglo 3 East demands a reframing of the way planning is done in the ACT. Best practices that apply to the Molonglo valley are not support by the Estate Development Code, Single and Multi-Unit Housing Development Codes and the zoning codes in the Territory Plan. Molonglo 3 East is something new and exciting that will push ACT planing towards an outcomes planning mechanism.
The Molonglo 3 East Future Urban Area (FUA) will be developed last, likely to be built from west to east. This will mean that the last suburb in the Molonglo Valley will be built within a kilometre from Molonglo Stage 1, where it all started. The irony of this is not lost on those who wish to cycle to Civic, as the most direct route would be through both these suburbs. Still, Molonglo 3 East is shaping up nicely and will be worth the wait.
Molonglo 3 East Planning and Infrastructure Study (Phase 1) is coming out bit by bit. Unfortunately, it has not yet been released in full. The recent tender 53971.RFT.01, Preliminary Roads And Earthworks Design, provides a history of the planning documents for Molonglo 3 East to date.
Transcript Of Evidence for the Standing Committee On Planning, Transport And City Services from 4 March 2021. The Standing Committee discusses transport and planning issues that related to cycling, but not all that often. The relevant information from the last time is found here.
The Suburban Land Agency has released to tender the Coombs & Wright Village. The village project is a major redress for lack of place making in the Molonglo Valley.
Future urban areas are new greenfield developments and typically managed by the ACT Suburban Land Agency. Offsets are often found adjacent to these areas. Images from ACTmapi showing the areas.
The Belconnen Town Centre will be upgraded. The process has now moved onto the design brief stage. A tender for a more detail design will be issued next. Step-by-step we are getting closer to the goal.
This article is a chronological list of the Molonglo Valley Stage 3 development stages and contains the key documents to download. It is mostly for reference purposes.
Two presentations, one from the ACT Government Suburban Land Agency and the second from Capital Estate Developments who are responsible for developing Denman Prospect. Images from the slide pack.